Black SplatCommando (1985)

"Sully, I like you...that's why I’m going to kill you last."

Commando - John Matrix makes a promise to a kidnapper

Description: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Col. John Matrix makes a deadly promise to one of his daughter's kidnapper in the motion picture Commando (1985) .

"They hunted him down. They murdered his friends. And they took the only thing he would kill for. Now, somewhere, somehow, someone is going to pay. If it's a mission no man can survive. He's the man for the job." - Movie Trailer

John Matrix is a retired Black Ops leader who lives quietly in mountain retreat with his 11-year-old daughter, Jenny (Alyssa Milano). Suddenly, John is targeted by Arius (Dan Hedeya) an exiled dictator who wants John to use his talents and assassinate a South American political leader and kick start a revolution to put Arius back in power.

To make sure John can't say no, his daughter is kidnapped and held hostage. If he fulfills the mission, his daughter will live. If he fails, she dies.

Involved in the plot is Bennett (Vernon Wells), a vile mercenary (discharged by Matrix from the Army for massacring civilians) who takes glee in threatening to kill Jenny. At one point, he says "Splitting a little girl’s throat is like cutting warm butter." Filled with revenge, Matrix says, "I'll be back, Bennett."

John is then escorted to the airport by a guy named Sully (David Patrick Kelly) who makes sure that John boards the plane accompanied by another mercenary. Before he enters the plane, John tells Sully “You’re a funny guy, Sully. I like you...that’s why I’m going to kill you last.”

As the plane prepares to take off, John snaps the neck of a mercenary sitting beside him on a plane. Then he politely asks the stewardess, “and do me a favor. Don’t disturb my friend. He’s dead tired.” Now John has only a few hours to find his daughter before the kidnappers learn he is no longer on his way to carry out the assassination plot.

Before the jet takes off, John descends into the plane's cargo hold, climbs down onto the landing gear and drops off the plane onto the runway. He then returns to the airport and follows Sully. Along the way, John commandeers the car of a off-duty flight attendant named Cindy (Ray Dawn Chong) who soon agrees to help John find his daughter.

When John finds Sully he dangles him over a steep cliff by his ankle to extract information. But after a few moments of interrogation John tells Sully, “Remember when I promised to kill you last? I lied.” John releases his grip and drops the creep to his death. When John returns to his car, his companion asks what happened to Sully. John simply tells her, “I let him go.”

Meanwhile, as one kidnapper says, “Isn’t that nice” when he hears that John Matrix seems to be cooperating, Jenny spits back, “Not nearly as nice as watching him smash your face in.”

Commando - Matrix kills the bad guys

Within a short time, John with the help Cindy hijack a seaplane and fly to an island where his daughter is being held hostage. Loaded down with heavy duty weaponry, John takes on the security forces of the remote compound, and kills every one who gets in his way, including Arius, the exiled dictator.

Commando - Bennett holds Jenny Hostage

In a final standoff, as Bennett holds Jenny as hostage, John offers to fight Bennett mano y mano with knives, saying "Come on Bennett, Let's Party." Bennett accepts the challenge and the two begin a life and death dance in the boiler room of the villa's mansion.

Commando - Come on, Bennett Let's Party!

In the film’s climax, John Matrix impales Bennett with a steam pipe, and says, “Let off some steam, Bennett.” Of course, after John has killed everyone off, the military arrives to mop up the mess and John and Cindy take custody of Jenny and return home.

Commando - Bennett impaled on a steam pipe

Note: At the climax of the spy thriller Goldeneye (1995) James Bond grabs the boot of traitor agent 006 as they dangles precariously from a huge radio telescope. Just as Bond is about to let go of 006, he asks Bond, “For England?” Bond coldly replies, “No...For me.”

Commando - Movie Poster

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